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Hawaii Business: The Honolulu Fish Auction Celebrates Its 70th Anniversary

The auction at Pier 38 sells up to 90,000 pounds of fish a day and is a key part of the state's biggest food-producing industry.

The United Fishing Agency launched the Honolulu Fish Auction on August 5, 1952 and just celebrated its 70th anniversary earlier this year at Honolulu's Pier 38. Based on Tokyo's historic Tsukiji Market, the Honolulu Fish Auction is the only fish auction in the state and the only large-scale tuna auction this side of Tokyo. The business, which has been significantly overlooked over the years, is the top food-producing industry in the state and generates between $100 million and $120 million a year. With more than 90% of the state consuming seafood on a regular basis, it's easy to see how the auction has gained popularity with both locals and tourists.

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